Reviving Empty Offices: Transforming Unused Space into Urban Farms and Homes
So, you might be thinking, what can we do with these empty office spaces? Well, one idea has been to change these offices into apartment buildings. Imagine living in a place that used to be an office, interesting right?
But this change isn’t easy. It’s a bit like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Office spaces and homes are designed differently and changing one into the other can be really costly. Also, for this change to make sense money-wise, the office space should be a lot cheaper than residential property, about half as much according to some experts.
There’s another issue too. When an office is changed into apartments, there’s about 25% less space to rent out. That’s because people living in these spaces don’t rent common areas like corridors, which office companies would do. So, this solution only makes sense in certain situations.
So, if not homes, what else can we do with these empty office spaces? Now comes the really cool part. Some creative people have come up with the idea of changing these office spaces into…wait for it… urban farms!
Let’s look at the pluses of this. Vertical farming in office spaces can give the same amount of crops as traditional farming methods but uses way less energy and water. Plus, it’s not affected by bad weather or pests and can grow crops all year round.
So, by changing empty office spaces into farms, we’re solving a bunch of problems all at once. We’re using office spaces that aren’t needed anymore, we’re growing food for people who need it, we’re giving a boost to the real estate business, and we’re creating new jobs. It’s like hitting four birds with one stone.